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Register for Preconference Tours before August 31

Friday, July 20, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

Book your seat now on one of two preconference tours organized by the 2018 Local Planning Committee; seats are limited, and registration closes August 31:

Niagara Falls and Hodinöhsö:ni’ (Haudenosaunee) Heritage
Sponsored by the 2018 Local Planning Committee and Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

Ed Yong Jun Millar
(Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University)

The cascading waters of Niagara Falls carve a winding, blue-green path to Lake Ontario: a waterway that’s shaped and influenced the French, British, Canadian, American, and Hodinöhsö:ni’ communities who have called the area home.

Join us for a series of place-based experiences throughout the Niagara River Region exploring the continuing Hodinöhsö:ni’ heritage of the Niagara Falls area. First, a traditional foodways stop on Skarù:ręˀ (Tuscarora) Nation during harvest to learn about the meanings, preparation, and uses of Skarù:ręˀ White Corn–a variety of corn brought with the Skarù:ręˀ during their migration to Western New York from North Carolina. A trip up-river to Old Fort Niagara, the oldest continued use military installation in North America (over 300 years old), at the meeting of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario will focus on the shifting relationship of native communities to the fort throughout its history, including the current Native Interpretation program at the historic site. Heading back south, we will stop at the Castellani Art Museum–which hosts the public folklore program in the Buffalo-Niagara region–for provided lunch and self-guided tours of its folk arts exhibits. The tour will end on Goat Island at Niagara Falls State Park to learn about Skarù:ręˀ raised beadwork, a local folk art with a unique and historical connection to Goat Island and Niagara Falls–ending with an opportunity to explore the incredible scenery of Niagara Falls on your own.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 8:30 am4:00 pm, departing and arriving at the Hyatt Hotel
Registration: $60, including lunch. Click here to register


Buffalo City—Gritty Is Now Pretty
Sponsored by the 2018 Local Planning Committee and Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

Marty Biniasz
and Steve Cichon (Forgotten Buffalo Tours)

The Buffalo city tour will begin with a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Queen City and its neighborhoods from the 25th-floor of its stunning art deco City Hall. Next, you will get a closer look at the Central Terminal, the Broadway Market, and Corpus Christi Church, all located in the historic eastside Polonia neighborhood. Further down Broadway, visit the Colored Musicians Club, a famed stop on the “chitlin’ circuit,” where Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald all performed. Heading back towards the city’s downtown waterfront, you will view 19th-century grain elevators that have been repurposed by both visual and performing artists. Experience the West Side Bazaar—a diverse marketplace and food hall—which functions as an economic incubator and hub in the heart of the Grant-Ferry neighborhood, providing training, startup funding, and support for refugees, immigrants, and local community members starting their own businesses. You’ll see first-hand how historic Buffalo neighborhoods are renewing while keeping their robust ethnic character. Lunch at Happy Swallow Restaurant, a family-run tavern, includes both Polish dishes and Beef on Weck, a Buffalo favorite whose distinctive kummelweck roll can be traced back to German immigrants; some vegetarian options will also be available. Along the way, tour guides from Forgotten Buffalo ( will share information about many additional landmarks and points of interest.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 9:30 am 3:00 pm, departing and arriving at the Hyatt Hotel
Registration: $65, including lunch. Click here to register

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